Displacement(s) as Method(s) (2011 - 2015)


In October 2011, Cogne started a PhD in practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

From November 2012, her research was developed at the CEAC Lille 3 as well.



Displacement – Method – process – presence – suspension – format – recycling


Abstract PhD thesis (2015)

"Displacement is a paradigm I use to describe the ways in which I organize myself and invite others to reposition themselves while being in constant movement in and between contexts that are also in perpetual motion. Move and be moved, displace and be displaced are principles that (i) imply constant readings of contexts, the creation of appropriate situations, or/and informed uses of existing situations; and (ii) call for attitudes of presence, distanciation, and (re-)positioning. Five methods and three practices came out of the time dedicated to search and research within my PhD project. My thesis, titled “Displacement(s) as Method(s)”, is a matrix of several formats (such as letter, catalogue, conversation) and media (text, film, etc.), which I used to filter my works, methods, practices, and tools. Within this matrix, one can choose one’s own journey and process, and the time one wants to dedicate to and invest in it – from a few minutes to several hours. The reader is invited to dive into a work that has its own reality, temporality, and space. Each notion, positioning, format, and work is a fragment of the research I have processed over the last four years. These diverging and overlapping elements and components are numerous and multiple; they nourish and densify my proposition of an articulation. 

"I see Choreography as a way to create movement and suspension, circulation and time, positioning and displacement in relation to Economy, Knowledge, Work and Individuals. How to work the existing references and formats to displace the information and invite to a rethinking of the self in a common situation?"


Statement 2011

"In my artistic Research entitled ”Displacement(s) as Method(s)”, I am questioning the notion of “displacement” on the physical, political and perceptive levels; and the notion of “method” in between theory and practice, process and product. The “how” occupies a central position in my work. I have tendency to use, propose models to illustrate my positioning and statement always in an “in between”.

My work addresses the notion of materiality and immateriality in relation to time.

I am especially interested in the dramaturgic aspects of time in a creative process. This research calls the notion of recycling - degradation but also reuse and redoing - of the pieces I realized in the past with an inscription in my current preoccupations. I  questions the possibility and the ways in which materiality and immateriality can, could affect the perception of time. In ”Displacement(s) as Method(s)”, I manipulate the factor “space” in order to (re-)create “time”. In my artistic proposals, I play with materiality to tickle the perceptions and representations of immateriality. I am doing choreographies of object and develop a dramaturgy of animism in between spoken and body languages: choreographies of objects that activate choreographies of ideas and vice versa.

I focus on the process and the dramaturgy of existing or created situations. With soft provocation for movement in representations and structures, I am slowly, progressively shaking, shifting perceptions and perspectives.”